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MELISSA SWEET | April 17, 2015 | CHILD HEALTH | |

Putting the spotlight on the first 1000 days, to improve children’s futures #LongRead

The first 1000 days is the name of a global movement that recognises the importance of the period between conception and a child’s 2nd birthday as a unique window of opportunity to shape healthier futures. The right nutrition and care during this 1,000 day window can have a profound effect on a child’s ability to [...]

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Six challenges facing Australia’s medical research sector

This is an edited version of a speech about the challenges facing medical research given by outgoing National Health and Medicine Research Council (NHMRC) CEO Warwick Anderson at the National Press Club on Wednesday:

It’s been a great privilege to have been the head of NHMRC for going on a decade. That’s four governments, six health ministers, a funding increase from A$437 million in 2006 to A$859 million today and tens of thousands of applications for funding. And when I finished in March, I was [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 16, 2015 | #JUSTJUSTICE | 1 |

Help change the conversations around Aboriginal health, with some #JustJustice

The over-incarceration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is a profound threat to the health and wellbeing of communities, families and individuals, according to Summer May Finlay, a Yorta Yorta woman who works in Aboriginal health and is a PhD candidate. In the article below, Finlay encourages Croakey readers to engage with the recently [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 16, 2015 | HEALTH REFORM | 1 |

In full: the four volumes of the Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, which the Government has been sitting on for five months

Last year, more than 2,000 individuals and organisations made submissions to the 2014 Review of Mental Health Programmes and Services, which was undertaken by the National Mental Health Commission to terms of reference provided by the Federal Government in early 2014. The final report, dated 30 November, makes clear the Commission expected the report to [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 15, 2015 | CO-PAYMENTS | |

How we’ve ended up with a bankrupt health debate…

Health policy news has been making headlines of late. There’s been: • the Federal Government’s long-awaited announcement on the new Primary Health Networks; • the move to financially penalise conscientious objectors to childhood vaccination (the merits of this approach have been questioned by some public health experts); • calls for action on mental health reform in the wake [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 14, 2015 | ASYLUM SEEKER HEALTH | 8 |

Thirteen-year-old Imogen Senior takes it up to the PM: “It is your government that is doing this to human beings”

Thirteen-year-old Imogen Senior was in the car with her dad – known to Croakey readers as Dr Tim Senior, a GP and Wonky Health columnist - when they heard Julian Burnside talking on the radio about children so desperate that they had attempted suicide while in asylum detention. Yesterday, Imogen’s father discovered that she had written to the [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 14, 2015 | PUBLIC HEALTH | |

After years of calls for regulatory action on quad bikes, the toll continues

Croakey contributors have been calling for regulatory action on quad bikes for some years (see the list of stories at the bottom of this post), and the issue is again in the spotlight with inquests in NSW and Queensland. Meanwhile, Ann Arnold, who recently investigated the safety of quad bikes for ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 13, 2015 | CROAKEY LONGREADS | |

“One year after Ebola” – and what have we learnt? #LongRead

‘No matter how many facts are told, no matter how many details are given, the essential thing resists telling.’ This evocative quote is cited in the Croakey long-read below, which contains many fascinating insights into the issues surrounding the “unprecedented”, ongoing Ebola outbreak in west Africa, including the challenges of recovery and of public health [...]

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MELISSA SWEET | April 12, 2015 | #150COMMUNITIES | 5 |

Calling health professionals to stand up on May 1, and join the “Selfish Rabble”

Widespread anger and concern about the threatened closure of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia have galvanised a national movement of opposition, as has been seen in a series of marches and protests around the country. As a number of Croakey articles have shown, there are profound concerns about the potentially damaging health impacts of the [...]

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A medical student explores the importance of Aboriginal culture, Country and the homelands movement

Medical student Jaime Fox writes about her placement in Utopia (Northern Territories) and the importance of the homelands movement with Dr Jonathan Kingsley, providing some evidence on the importance of traditional land (known as Country). This discussion was sparked from a conversation held at the recent Doctors for the Environment Australia conference (iDEA2015) after Dr [...]

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